Panic attacks really suck. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, nearly 40 million Americans suffer from symptoms ranging from uncontrollable trembling, to sweating, to shortness of breath, to a conjured fear of dying – or a combination of several of the aforementioned symptoms. The worst part? A panic attack can be triggered at any given moment.
That said, those who are prone to experiencing panic attacks often develop ways of coping; fortuitously, some of these methods include consuming common everyday items. Here are four natural remedies that can help alleviate symptoms of a panic attack that may be stocked in your kitchen right now:
There's a reason why chamomile is often prescribed as a natural sleep aid; chamomile tea has a calming effect, and according to studies, it can greatly reduce the antidepressant activities that contribute to an onset anxiety attack.
2. Green tea
In the same vein as chamomile tea, green tea has a similar calming effect, but you have to be drinking the real deal. Genuine green tea has an amino acid called L-theanine, which can be used to combat anxiety attacks by heightening "attention performance and reaction time response in normal healthy subjects prone to have high anxiety."
3. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
If you're not inclined toward edible options, smoke 'em instead! Studies have shown that smoking marijuana can regulate anxiety and stress responses by "dampening excitatory signals." (We promise not to tell anyone about your kitchen stash.)